Saturday sight: Snye Park

Saturday sight: Snye Park
The last time I’d been to Fort McMurray’s Snye Park was a couple years ago. Construction wasn’t done then but the sunset remains beautiful. 2014 2016

2016 Canadian socials media statistics

2016 Canadian socials media statistics
Dave Scholz of Leger @dave_sholz and Alex Sévigny of McMaster University @alexsevigny presented 2016 Canadian social media usage data at the March 2, 2016 Canadian Public Relations Society – Toronto event. Here are the highlights: [View the story “#CPRSTO: Social Media Reality Check 3.0” on Storify]

When you just know

When you just know
“He who knows others is wise; he who knows himself is enlightened.” Lao Tzu Sometimes you know yourself just enough. “It means “Know thyself.” After which I’m always asked, “Oh? So, do you?” No, that’s the whole reason I got it :)” Paul    Read more stories ‘Behind the Ink.’

Sunday sight: Brassaii

Sunday sight: Brassaii
Met a friend for brunch today at Brassaii. In the almost 5 years I’ve lived in Toronto, we’ve been there for everything from dancing to breakfast. Hadn’t been there in a while and I always forget about the its view of the CN Tower, which is just beautiful day or night.    But it was ...

Tattoos in the poorhouse 

Tattoos in the poorhouse 
I had no idea a “poorhouse” was actually a name for institutions in Canada. Literally as it sounds, they housed the poor up until 1946 in Canada when the last one closed. The Wellington County Museum and Archives (which used to be a poorhouse called the House of Industry and Refuge) has an exhibit on now ...

Taking up space

Taking up space
“For every snake, there is a ladder; for every ladder, a snake.” Salman Rushdie, Midnight’s Children Sometimes coverage is what matters like for cell phones, swimsuits or tattoos.  “I just wanted something that would cover my whole arm. I thought snakes and ladders would be funny.” Bryan     Read more stories ‘Behind the Ink.’   

Going Home Star: Ballet to reconciliation

Going Home Star: Ballet to reconciliation
“The path of vengeance and the path of feathers start and end together. On the path of vengeance I departed. By the path of feathers I arrived.” Kyaanusili Haida Peace Poem It’s incredibly hard to put into words the experience of Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Going Home Star about Truth and Reconciliation based on the stories ...

The meaning of one

The meaning of one
“I am just one human being.” Dalai Lama In my experience, usually when someone gets a name on tattooed, it’s either a lover or a child.  This one’s a child’s name from a dad who got it done for his daughter when she turned one year old, some twenty years ago.  What was striking to ...

Sex is different in Québec too

Sex is different in Québec too
When we were teens, we often tuned into Radio-Canada hidden camera show Surprise, sur prise ! on Sunday evenings. Like Candid Camera, but not. Growing up Francophone surrounded by Anglophones we were hybrids – neither fully identifying with either. Probably the reality of anyone who straddles more than one culture. One night a gag had ...

My refugee experience

My refugee experience
On a Friday this summer, I received a phone call that set off a chain of unexpected events. A refugee from Iran was arriving the following Wednesday and needed a home. “Why not?” I thought. I’d sort of forgotten that I had volunteered – almost a year back, should the need arise – with a ...